Feeling crafty

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but around September/October, I always start itching to do some more crafts and get a little creative. It’s probably the change of weather and the influx of various holidays coming up. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then bam! Goodbye 2014…and all of a sudden the year is up.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest and I’ve even made a secret board full of ideas for Christmas presents for my family and friends. So I’ve got my work cut out for me.

Thankfully, I’ve got a lot of motivation at the moment and am using nap times accordingly. It’s fun to get back to crafting a bit.

Since I can’t really share what I’ve been up to lately – it would spoil the Christmas surprises! – here are a few of my past crafty projects:

And just for fun, here is a picture of me as a baby & Theo now. You can definitely see some similarities. Tobias’ baby pictures are also very similar…I will have to scan a few in and share those, too. It’s so much fun to compare!

One year ago

 

A year ago today, I was pregnant and I didn’t know it.

I had just had my second miscarriage six weeks prior, so I certainly wasn’t expecting to get pregnant again so quickly. The only reason I even tested was because I sobbed so very hard after the eye doctor told me I had to wait 24 hours without contact lenses in before I took a vision test, and I knew it was an incredibly stupid reason to get that upset. And after I cried into my husband’s arms, I was so exhausted that I took a 3-hour nap on the couch.

When I woke up, the thought entered my mind; at first I pushed it aside. No, there’s no way. But what else could explain that amount of exhaustion and moodiness? The question nagged at me until I finally took what I thought would be a wasted test, just to get some peace of mind before I had wine with dinner. Boy was I shocked to see two very clear lines pop up right away. I just repeated, “OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD” over and over again, alone in the bathroom. Tobias came home ten minutes later and at first he didn’t believe me. We were both in awe.

A year ago today, I saw two little lines. And now my baby is here with me, with two little hands and two little feet that I can kiss, and two blue eyes that make my heart melt when I look at them.

What a difference a year makes.

Cooking through Jerusalem

After feeling SO very uninspired with cooking, and too many long silences after the question, “What should we eat?” Tobias and I decided to pull out our cookbooks and see what we could whip up.

The problem with cookbooks is that you usually don’t have all of the ingredients on hand, so you need to make a shopping list, go buy the ingredients, and then figure out how to make the meal. So it requires a bit more meal planning than we generally do. We’re usually left wandering the grocery store aisles, waiting for something to jump out at us. When that happens, more often than not we end up with frozen pizza.

The funny thing is, we only own two cookbooks. One is the Ina Garter Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics and the other is Jerusalem: Das Kochbuch. So the other night, we flipped through both books and put post-its on pages with recipes we’d like to try.

I can only cook with recipes, except for basic things like spaghetti or scrambled eggs. But Tobias is the exact opposite and has a real knack for cooking without recipes. Since he’s the one who does most of the cooking, I took charge and chose which recipes to try first, bought the ingredients, and opened the cookbook to the right page. Tobias didn’t follow the recipes to the letter (as he’s not a huge fan of cumin, he left that out) but it was just enough to try something new.

So far we’ve only tried three new recipes. This is the second one we did, and it was really fun making it an event — like an at-home date night. We both donned our aprons, lit some candles, and cooked together. We don’t usually eat dinner until late anyway, so we could really enjoy some (almost) uninterrupted time when the baby was in bed (sometimes said baby needs me to put his pacifier back in).

So, what’s for dinner tonight? Anyone try any new recipes lately?